EXCLUSIVE: Melissa McCarthy dishes on 'overwhelming' return to 'Gilmore Girls': 'I got so sentimental'

Melissa McCarthy Says 'Sentimental' 'Gilmore Girls' Reboot Felt Like 'We Didn't Skip a Beat'

Melissa McCarthy is rebooting two major properties this summer, starring in both the Ghostbusters reboot and Gilmore Girls Netflix revival series, and the 45-year-old actress could not be more excited.

"I got so sentimental," McCarthy told ET of returning to Stars Hollow. "I stopped by about two weeks ago, I think, and just saw the sets and saw everybody there. It kind of felt like we didn't skip a beat."

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McCarthy, who was honored at the Time 100 Gala in New York City on Tuesday, played fan favorite Sookie St. James on the WB/CW drama from 2000-07. She was the final piece of the casting puzzle when Netflix decided to revive the show for four 90-minute episodes.

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"It was a little overwhelming," she admitted of returning to the role. "It was really cool. It just felt like the absolute right thing to do."

The actress also gushed about how the family dramedy has become a cult hit with fans who either remember the show or have been introduced to it since it began streaming on Netflix.

"I talk to so many different people that didn't watch it or weren't old enough. Now they watch it," she said. "I don't think many shows develop an even bigger fan base once they go off the air and I think that the show, there's been a bit of magic with it."

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McCarthy stars alongside Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, due out in July, and told ET that the she "had a blast" filming the movie with her hilarious SNL squad.

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"We bizarrely love each other," the actress said with a laugh. "There's a lot of weird, goofy texts we send back and forth constantly."

"We were all friends beforehand and then you spend that kind of time together tackling something so big and iconic that we all loved so much, it's like going to some super bionic summer camp," she continued. "When that last day of shooting happened, we were all a little distraught. You just don't want something like that to end."

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McCarthy was honored by Ghostbusters director Paul Feig in the Time 100 issue, and said that being lauded alongside Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other groundbreaking influencers was "a little surreal."

"It's pretty ridiculous," she marveled. "I keep kind of pinching myself... I mean, I have so many incredibly dorky questions to ask so many people. I have time continuum questions to ask Kip [Thorne, an astrophysicist]. If I can weasel my way over to some people, I just want to be like, 'Explain what you do, because I don't have a grasp on it, but I want to.'"

"This is just a crazy grouping of people," she added. "I literally want to see how many people Ben [Falcone, McCarthy's husband,] and I can actually get to talk to."

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EXCLUSIVE: Melissa McCarthy dishes on 'overwhelming' return to 'Gilmore Girls': 'I got so sentimental'
Melissa McCarthy, star of 'Gilmore Girls,' is currently appearing at the Groundling Theater on the weekends. For My Favorite Weekend column. (Photo by Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 11: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the WB Network's 2003 Winter Party at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on January 11, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Melissa McCarthy during Behind The Scenes Of 'The Gilmore Girls' at The Academy Of Arts And Sciences Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
UNSPECIFIED - DECEMBER 29: Medium shot of Melissa McCarthy as Sookie and Lauren Graham as Lorelai. (Photo by Patrick Ecclesine/Warner Bros./Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actress Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone arrive for the premiere of 'The Nines' at the Eccles Theatre during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2007 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Melissa McCarthy at the Ritz Carlton in Pasadena, California (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 18: Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives to the premiere of 'Just Add Water' at the Directors Guild of America on March 18, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 19: MIKE & MOLLY is a comedy from Chuck Lorre ('Two and a Half Men,' 'The Big Bang Theory') about a working class Chicago couple who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Billy Gardell plays Mike Biggs, a cop, and Melissa McCarthy portrays fourth-grade teacher Molly Flynn. MIKE & MOLLY will premiere this Fall, Mondays (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images)
Actors Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell attend the 2010 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

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